Unions of Working People Working Together for a Better Life in North Carolina

The North Carolina State American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (NC State AFL-CIO) is the largest association of unions of working people in North Carolina, representing a hundred and forty-five thousand members, working together for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people.

The contributions of all local unions in North Carolina are vital to sustaining our state’s labor movement. Each local’s views and energy in addressing concerns common to all workers are what our movement needs.

We are a democratic organization, governed by a constitution, and accountable to our member unions. The affiliated membership elects our leadership – two full-time officers and an executive board representative of unions across North Carolina. The programs we undertake and the services we offer are also determined by our membership.

What We’re About

The mission of the NC State AFL-CIO is to build a bigger, more engaged, more powerful movement to win victories for North Carolina working families. To do that, our state federation and central labor councils must focus on three areas of work:

  • Grow the movement by supporting internal organizing, new external organizing, and the broader worker fight-back including efforts to raise wages, strengthen our freedom to organize,
    and increase public support for unions.
  • Engage and mobilize our leaders, our members, and community allies by communicating, educating, and activating around policy issues, political campaigns, and union fights.
  • Build independent political power for working people by driving a pro-worker legislative agenda, electing pro-worker candidates including our own members to office, holding elected
    officials accountable, and winning policies on all levels to help working people.

To achieve our goal, the “we” must be all of us. A more powerful movement is a leader-full movement. If all of us work together, we can build a movement that is constantly growing and fully inclusive, a movement that is both big enough and bold enough to set the agenda and drive our politics, a movement unafraid to hold our politicians and our own leaders accountable, a movement with the power to make this state a better place for working people.

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